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May 24, 2017 - pikelets


Because I said so.

Who exactly is Nagi?

Well, Nagi happens to be an amazing woman who is the ultimate brain behind I discovered her website a little while back when I was in desperate need of a new breakfast option. Sure, I made French Toast, pancakes, oatmeal, bread pudding, and a few other choice items but it’s always good to try something new. Given that I’m not the best cook on this planet I was looking for something familiar yet new.

Enter Nagi and the pikelet.

What exactly is a pikelet? - Continue Reading

May 17, 2017 - oatmeal with nuts and seeds

Lately, the hubby and I have been trying to find different ways to jazz up breakfast. I mean, really, there’s only so much bread and spread you can have in the morning. Bread, bagel, biscuit, French toast, pancakes, bread pudding, whatever you want to call it, having a chunk of cooked dough in the morning gets a little boring after a while. Sure, we pair it with fruit and a few other healthy options but it gets old quite quickly.

Oatmeal – for some, an equally boring breakfast option so how do you jazz that up without adding loads of sugar or junk on top of it? - Continue Reading

May 7, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts pic - kids 2015

I can’t believe it! turns 6 years old today! When my daughter and I first decided on this adventure together we knew it would be a long term commitment. Time moves quickly though and to suddenly realize that 6 long years have passed – that is just mind boggling!

Over the past few years the site has certainly made a few changes. has also moved from daily posting to a more intermittent schedule, something that I can decently manage and actually enjoy each post that is written. While I loved the idea of daily posting, I eventually gave it up because I realized that life just couldn’t accommodate the intense schedule. Work got busier and quite frankly, something had to give.

In the past 6 years, there have been other changes as well. My big kid is certainly even bigger now and although she doesn’t post quite as frequently anymore, she continues to give me feedback, offer ideas, and give her opinions of everything that happens on the site. pic - kids 2015

Thankfully, throughout it all, our family has been very fortunate to still find time to laugh together, to share small moments, and be involved in each other’s lives. By no means are we a wealthy family and you see, I think that’s the whole point: happiness isn’t about how much money you have.

Sure, you need money to pay bills and meet basic needs, but happiness isn’t determined by how much money you have. That internal happiness can come from experiencing the most serene sunrise or from sharing the most hilarious laugh with loved ones (over something that really isn’t that funny but just seemed to hit the right spot).

Perhaps, that’s what I’m most thankful for.

Of course, wouldn’t be much without our loyal readers who’ve continued to stay with us over these years. Thank you for reading, for laughing, for crying, and for sharing your thoughts with us. You know we post in the rawest form possible because we don’t want this site to be overly scripted. We wanted it to be unpretentious and authentic, to be a space where we could keep our literary brains active, share a common experience between mom and daughter, and type to our hearts’ content. pic - kid superhero

On this very special day, do yourself a favour and find yourself something fun and positive to do. Spend it with a loved one or give yourself some much needed ‘me time’. Do yoga, laughter yoga, a cooking class, or try something new. Be present, be mindful, and just enjoy it. Life can be amazing if we just let ourselves experience it.

Happy Birthday,! - homemade chocolate cake

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Apr 10, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts pic - pipe cleaners

I try to be a label reader. I really do. Generally, I like to pick up a product and read its label before I plunk it into my shopping cart. I know money is hard to come by. We all know that.

Is it easy to read labels though?

I’m not so sure.

Let’s do a little exercise, shall we? Imagine you’re at the grocery store and you happen to walk by the little containers of applesauce. You see two applesauce products sitting side by side one another both from the same company.

Let me introduce you to Exhibit A.

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Apr 1, 2017 - bolthouse-farms-berry-boost-smoothieSometimes, I wander the aisles in the grocery store. I have a few minutes to spare and I pick up different products to gander at their choice of ingredients. I read a few labels, I think, and I move on.

On this particular day, I picked up the bottle of Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie. There are a variety of flavours. The one you see pictured here is their Berry Boost smoothie.

I take a good look at their bottle, the packaging, the words and then I start thinking. For starters, I never make smoothies at home. I just don’t. I’d rather eat the whole fruit. Occasionally, the family might pick up a smoothie while we’re out and about but really, they’re not part of our everyday repertoire.

Oh, I should apologize in advance: I took these photos while I was in the store. They’re not the best quality, wobbly handling and all. What can I say? - Continue Reading

Mar 6, 2017 pic - pig

By far, this has been my longest stretch of not posting on I can’t believe it! Work life has consumed most of my evening time which has left next to no room for such pleasantries as writing for the site. Don’t get me wrong. I’m totally happy and relatively well adjusted considering how tired I am but I’m certainly in much better spirits than I was a few months ago.

Fascinating: more work does not necessarily translate into ‘grumpy pants’ syndrome. In fact, if I do a little self-reflection, I’d say it’s not the work but how much you enjoy/dislike the work that determines the severity of ‘grumpy pants’ syndrome.

Yes, most definitely. - Continue Reading

Feb 25, 2017 - odd plant

You know, I don’t have a particularly green thumb. Sure, people who know me would think I have one given how incredibly green my office space is but that doesn’t mean I have a green thumb because I really don’t know what I’m doing.  I water my plants occasionally and that’s about it. A number of those plants are either cast offs or plants I’ve chosen to save from the garbage pin.

Green thumb? Nope. Kindhearted towards plants? Yes. - Continue Reading

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